New Creation – Final Part 3

There are just a few more negative traits, which God is changing to make me a new creation. I dislike the limelight, but God is not concerned with this. I lack the confidence, anointing and ability to function in leadership, but I make a good foot soldier, because I follow instructions.

The last two strongholds, moodiness and grouchiness, only bother me now when I am tired, but God’s Spirit helps me to overcome even then by reminding me to keep my focus on Him rather than on myself.

Over the years, God retained a few of my positive personality characteristics; such as my organizational abilities, calendar planning, economical tendencies, neat homemaking, attention to detail and a determination to finish what I start.

Another character trait, which He preserved, was my ability to find creative solutions to solve problems. Unfortunately, I always felt the need for others to do things my way, so God did purged me of that side of the coin.

God also had to break me of the penchant to ease the burdens of everyone around me; because I ended up burned out, and I thwarted God’s plan in the lives of those I enabled.

I am sure that you can see from my testimony over the last three posts that God cares about every area of our life. He wants to transform and conform us to be like Christ and to manifest His love and divine nature to the world around us. People will see the difference He makes in our life and will want His transforming power for their life too.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for making me into a new creation and for enabling me to overcome human tendencies by filling me with the divine nature of Christ and guiding me with Your Spirit (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Thank You for forgiving my inadequacies when I fall short of Your image of who I am in Christ, who is my true identity (Colossians 2:9-10). I rejoice in the fact that my life is now hidden in You with Christ, who is my whole life (Colossians 3:3-4).

Thought for the Day:
Allow God to work in your life to exchange your negative personality traits with His fruit, to use your positive characteristics for His glory and to make you a new creation in Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

New Creation – Part 2

God started a good work in me and continues to make me a new creation (Philippians 1:6). Introspection was an affliction, which contributed to my low self-esteem and introverted tendencies. God’s Holy Spirit healed this burden by ending my negative self-talk and filling me with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).

I tended to be one-track minded and had no skill for multi-tasking, until my children were born – what mother does not learn to multi-task?

Fighting depressive thoughts and looking at the glass as half-empty were two other melancholic traits, from which God delivered me. He taught me to focus on the eternal rather than the earthly; eventually worldly cares and concerns stopped bothering me so much.

Feeling like a victim or a savior were two other traits, which God freed me from by reminding me that I am more than a conqueror and Jesus is the only Savior the world needs (Romans 8:37; 1 John 4:14).

Holding grudges caused me problems until God taught me about forgiveness – not only about forgiving others, but about forgiving myself as well (Matthew 6:14-15). Mercy and grace became my guide stones.

Worry is another weakness, which plagued my life until God taught me to have faith in His faithfulness and that He would eventually work out everything, even the most negative situation, for my good (Romans 8:28).

Prayer:
Father God, these negative natural tendencies crippled my life and gave me a pessimistic outlook. I could not see the joy You created all around me. As you transform me to have the mind of Christ, all of nature, each person I encounter and every detail of my day become an adventure and a blessing in my life. I look forward to each new day in Your presence. Thank You for making me a new creation.

Thought for the Day:
Transformation is a voyage of discovery of who we are in Christ. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

​A New Creation – Part 1

As a child, I felt insecure and fearful about tomorrow. I desperately attempted to control my life in order to feel as safe as is humanly possible. I did not want to leave anything to chance, because it usually turned out badly. I focused inwardly and took care of my own business.

Introverted and analytical, I lived a very cautious life with intense self-discipline and attention to details, so I would not cause anyone to get upset with me. I disliked change of any kind and I reacted in anger when my security was threatened in any way.

My favorite activity was to sit in our giant China-berry tree in our back yard, engrossed in a book until sunset. I also enjoyed crafts of all kinds. My mom and grandmother taught me to do needlework, and I learned to do many other crafts from the instructions in library books.

Throughout childhood, I was way too sensitive, felt too deeply and cared too much. I had no real friends except my cousins and my Girl Scout troop. I had no dreams or aspirations, except making it through the day in relative peace and calm. These traits followed me all through high school.

In adulthood, my loyalty to God, friends and family served me well as a Born Again Believer. I still do not need many friends, but I am merciful, caring and loyal to all of my acquaintances. I am still easily embarrassed and shy. I feel overwhelmed in a group and I prefer talking to people one-on-one.

However, God impressed on me the importance of stepping out of my shy persona and allowing His Spirit to minister to people through me. Ironically, He called me to serve Him as a greeter in social gatherings, and as a Pastor’s wife, living in the limelight under microscopic scrutiny.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for using these years of my life to transform me with the mind of Christ. My penchant for perfectionism made me, and everyone around me, tense and uptight, until You mercifully delivered me from that demonic plague. You taught me that doing my best was all that anyone could ever expect from me. Then, You took it one step further and encouraged me to walk in Your Spirit as You transform my life.

Thought for the Day:
In Christ, our old personality is dead and we no longer live for our self, because the Spirit of God abides within us and we are buried in Christ and raised to walk in a new life. – 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4

I Just Want to Die

Aging, chronic pain, financial setbacks, loss of a loved one or home or job, rejection from a friend or mate, and a myriad of other issues all contribute to the depression, which can cause suicidal thoughts. We want to escape the physical, mental and emotional pain, which is often more than we can bear.

We contemplate methods of ending our life, believing the lie that suicide is our best option. However, suicide is a coping method, which is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. Most suicides fail, and some leave us disabled; but if they succeed, they cause our family and friends more pain than we ever experienced in our whole life.

God has an answer for our pain. If we cast our cares on Him, He takes care of us (Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7). He will lead us to the perfect food, medication, therapist, doctor or friend who will help take the edge off our pain. For instance, liquid Cherry Flex may relieve your chronic physical pain, prayer may relieve mental anguish, and making new friends or learning a new hobby may just kick emotional agony out of our life.

God created each of us for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). He has the days of our life numbered (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16). If we terminate our life ahead of time, we deprive Him of our services for His glory. He has people for us to meet and ministry for us to accomplish before our life ends. His ways are perfect and He provides for all of our needs according to His glorious riches (Psalm 18:30; 2 Samuel 22:31; Philippians 4:19).

Prayer:
Father God, life is too hard sometimes, too full of negative issues, which drain our energy and make us weary and depressed (Isaiah 40:31). Help us to look into Your face to find the light of life we need to reap and not faint (John 1:4; Galatians 6:9). Give us a greater measure of Your grace to lift our soul out of the depths of sorrow and pain, and to direct our life for Your glory (Psalm 130:1). Remind us to lend a helping hand to fellow sojourners on planet earth, to encourage them and to help them to find meaning and purpose in their life as well.

Thought for the Day:
Our light affliction is fleeting and temporary. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

God’s Blessings

Some preachers continually speak about God providing earthly blessings to His people. They declare that God wants us to have health, wealth and success. Other preachers declare that we will not always be blessed in this life. They both refer to blessings in this earthly realm and forget about the eternal blessings.

God does want us to enjoy the temporal blessings, which He provides for us; but they are not always guaranteed. In fact, God will also bless us with trials and tribulation (Matthew 5:11; John 16:33). Jesus was tortured and crucified. John was in prison and beheaded (Matt 11:2-6, 14:10). God gave Paul grace to deal with his thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Blessings are gifts from God, which come in all shapes and fashions. Many make us fortunate and happy; yet, sometimes, these blessings appear couched in misfortune and tribulation. Our attitude about them is what makes the difference. Our testimony may be the only source of saving grace for someone suffering along with us.

If we rejoice always (James 1:2; Philippians 4:4), then we view even the most horrendous trial as a blessing from God (Genesis 50:20). He walks through it with us, and in us, providing for our needs and using us as a light in the darkness around us (Psalm 23; Philippians 4:19). It is healthy to mourn our losses, but joy comes as we hold His hand through it all (Psalm 30:5).

God calls us to completely surrender to Him, to trust in His wisdom and to have faith in His faithfulness to His Saints (Job 11:13-15; Proverbs 3:5-6). He rarely operates as we expect or desire, but our Father always knows what is best. Relying totally on God provides the most peaceful existence for us. Living in the center of His will is the happiest place on earth.

Prayer:
Father God, You do all things beautifully in Your timing and way. You are rarely early, but always on time, and usually at the very last earthly minute! I am so glad that You brought me to the place of total surrender to You and Your will in all things. Remind me to be still, to acknowledge You as God, and to allow You to work out everything for my good (Psalm 46:10; Romans 8:28). When I remember what happened when Sara gave her maid to her husband – the Muslim world was born and they have been fighting the son of promise ever since – this prevents me from inventing my own solutions to my problems and spurs me to desire to walk in Your Spirit moment by moment throughout the day.

Thought for the Day:
When God is silent, He is simply enjoying our companionable silence; so be still and know that He is God and has everything under His control.
– Psalm 115:3, 46:10, 16:9; Zechariah 4:6

The Inner Child – Part 1 – Who Is Our Inner Child?

Psychologists today are recognizing the influence our Inner Child has over our life. The Inner Child is that part of our self, which developed since birth and will always remain in our soul as part of our personality. The distorted memories of our Inner Child, stored in the subconscious mind, affect every part of our life.

The wounded Inner Child uses immature body and verbal language, throws temper tantrums, is overly sensitive, acts and feels helpless, hurt, guilt-ridden, inadequate, unlovable, and a victim. This ego state is needy, deprived, impatient, rebellious, manipulative, and has unrealistic expectations in life.

By acting in a temperamental or unreasonable manner, our wounded Inner Child may cause irritable, angry and critical reactions in others. This Inner Child is fearful and insecure about many issues in life, and does not want to integrate with our Inner Adult and Inner Parent. This part of our self is very vulnerable and needs to feel cherished and included in our daily decisions.

Some people believe that as adults we put away childish things, but Jesus said we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless we become as a little child (). As doctors realize, we cannot put away and ignore our Inner Child without detriment to our self mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The more we nurture this part of our self, the more joyful and fulfilled we will feel.

The healthy Inner Child is unrestricted, instinctive, spontaneous, creative, inventive, resourceful, imaginative, emotional, gullible, hopeful, fun-loving, tolerant of others, and wants to please everyone and to be loved. This healthy ego state will find ways to cooperate, be flexible, and prefer other people above our self.

As we spend quiet time analyzing the conversation going on in our mind, we will recognize the transactions which come from our Inner Child. We begin to understand some of the underlying issues that contribute to our present feelings, and which are currently creating unhealthy behavioral patterns in our life. Our Inner Child holds the keys to the healing of our soul.

Prayer:
Father God, as we read the Bible, converse with You, submit to Christ’s sanctifying work within us and walk in Your Holy Spirit every day, these haunting, negative issue stored in our subconscious mind will surface to our conscious mind. Then Your Spirit will speak Your truth and deliver us from the bondage to our past. Thank You for transforming our mind, replacing our negative personality traits with the fruit of Your Spirit and conforming us to the image of Christ, who abides within us by Your Spirit.

Thought for the Day:
As we submit our subconscious thoughts to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal Satan’s lies, which are holding us in bondage to these past, unresolved issues.

Our Identity in Christ

Our comprehension of who we are in Christ influences our thoughts, words and actions. If we have little knowledge of our identity in Christ, we will rely more on our human identity to describe who we are: our personality, occupation, family status, achievements, interests and church ministry.

When we recognize who we are in Christ, however, we gain a whole new perspective on our worth and our place in this world (Colossians 3:3-4). We have the power, love and mental stability of God’s Spirit (2 Tim 1:7); we are sanctified, and blameless from false accusations (Colossians 1:22; Hebrews 2:11); we are living stones in Christ’s spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).

We are God’s beloved children, holy and acceptable to Him, chosen because of what Jesus did for us (Colossians 3:4, 12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4). Jesus brings us out of the darkness of sin and into His glorious light of righteous living (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Christ in us expresses Himself through our life (Colossians 3:3-4). We partake in His heavenly calling for our life (Ephesians 2:19; Hebrews 3:1).

Christ lives in us and we no longer need to strive in this world, because we are dead to it and its temptations (Colossians 1:27, 2:11, 3:3-4). God’s Spirit deepens our roots in Christ, so we can flourish in our relationship with Him (Colossians 2:7). Christ in us completes us and is our whole life (Colossians 1:1-4, 2:10-13).
Prayer:
Father God, As Your own private possession, we daily thrive in Your presence (1 Peter 2:9-10). We come boldly before Your throne in any time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We are aliens and strangers in this world, which is our temporary dwelling place, because we are actually a chosen race, a royal priesthood and Your holy nation. Your give us the divine nature of Christ, through which we live each moment of our life on this earth (Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:11; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 4:10; 1 John 3:1-2).

Thought for the Day:
God saves us and sets us apart as His church and bride, because He loves us.
– 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 5:25; 1 John 4:10